Builders and architects are being invited to learn about the opportunities for them to help restore properties in one of the most historic sections of Merthyr Tydfil town centre.
The continuing redevelopment of Pontmorlais Heritage Quarter – 10 of its buildings have already seen more than £2m worth of renovation – means that another major works programme will soon commence.
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council is holding a ‘Meet the Buyer’ event at the Orbit Business Centre on March 3, where it will outline details of the contracts available.
It was recently announced that the Council’s Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Townscape Heritage bid, Pontmorlais Townscape Heritage Quarter, Continuing the Renaissance, is to receive £2.02m joint-funding from HLF, the local authority and Cadw.
“The aim is to bring back into use some of our most historic and special buildings, creating a Heritage Quarter where arts, culture and media will flourish alongside niche retailers,” said Leader of Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council Cllr Brendan Toomey.
“Work required will include structural and external repairs with a strong emphasis on the sympathetic restoration of the historical features, using traditional methods and materials of surviving examples of the town centre’s earliest stages of urban development.”
Pontmorlais buildings which have already benefited from inward investment as part of the initiative include prominent civic and social buildings the Old Town Hall (Redhouse), Zoar Chapel and the former YMCA.
The continued refurbishment will allow further buildings to be brought back into use, attracting new enterprises to the area and helping existing businesses by increasing footfall and job opportunities.
The Meet the Buyer event at the Orbit Centre in Rhydycar Business Park on March 3 will run from 9-11am and comprise presentations and the opportunity to ask questions about how to register their interest in taking part in the scheme.